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"POST-GAZETTI=,-I'I t ,2012 " Page 3 POST-GAZETTE Pamela Donnaruma, Publisher and Editor 5 Prince Street, P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 617-227-8929 617-227-8928 FAX 617-227-5307 e-mail: Website: Subscriptions in the United States $30.00 yearly Published weekly by Post-Gazette, 5 Prince St., P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 USPS 1538 - Second-Class Postage paid at Boston, MA POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the POST-GAZE'ITE - P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 James V. Donnaruma Caesar L. Donnaruma Phyllis F. Donnaruma 1896 to 1953 1953 to 1971 1971 to 1990 Vol. 116 - No. 19 Friday, May 11,2012 OUR POLICY: To help preserve the ideals and sacred traditions of this our adopted country the United States of America: To revere its laws and inspire others to respect and obey them: To strive unceasingly to quicken the public's sense of civic duty: In all ways to aid in making this country greater and better than we found it. GUEST EDIT( )RIAL VA COMES UP SHORT WHEN IT COMES TO MENTAL HEALTH CARE FOR VETS by Sal Giarratani Two recent news stories from USA Today show that the Department of Veterans Affairs is working with a 20% shortage of psychiatrists when it comes to VA hos- pitals serving veterans in need of such health care. The Rocky Mountain VA Region only has four psychiatrists on staff, but one of those positions is unfilled now. In many cases across the country, veterans seeking psy- chiatric services must wait up to five weeks to begin treatment. More than 230,000 service members have suffered traumatic brain injuries ranging from mild to severe just since 2000 and this is according to Pentagon data. Back in 2011, the VA testified before Congress that it had the resources to handle the current patient load said U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller, (R-FL) who chairs the House Veter- ans Affairs Committee and Miller adds, "Now we learn from them there is a shortage. VA needs to quickly figure out what the problem is." U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, (D-WA) who chairs the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee also, is very concerned stating, "When you ask those on the frontlines of treating these veterans, they'll tell you that in many instances they are stretching just to manage the caseload, let alone treat all the veterans coming through their door." The goal of Veterans Affairs Department is to see psychiatric patients within 14 days or less. However, in some areas of the country, the wait period is much longer. Veterans wait sometimes 37 days at hospitals in Alabama and about a month in Orlando and Miami. Miller is frustrated with these figures and told USA Today that if the VA hospitals can't provide the care needed, they should recommend providers in the com- munity who can see these men and women immedi- ately. As Miller stated, "These are wounds that cannot wait." Our veterans put their lives on the line for all of us and in return, we give them this? Appian Club Celebrates 30 th Anniversary Dinner Dance at Angelica's Marks Historic Milestone for Stoneham Organization by Nicola Orichuia On Saturday, May 5, the Appian Club of Stoneham celebrated its 30 ta anniver- sary in style. With over 250 members, friends and family getting together at Angelica's in Middleton, the organization's annual din- ner dance turned out to be a huge success. "I am extremely proud to be standing here to give the toast," President Vincent Festino said in an opening statement. "Our club is a vehicle that connects Ital- ian Americans from different regions, but it is also a way of life. We see it in the respect with which we treat one another, and in the way we celebrate our origins, heritage and friendship. We are one big family." As in the best of family tra- ditions, Festino recognized his predecessors by calling up to the stage the Club's past presidents: Rocco Zizza, Charles Scioli, Jr., John Nocella, Anthony Barbarino, Ottavio (Bill) Passanisi and Alessandro (Sonny) Caruso. Also remembered were past presidents Henry De Santis and Richard Scioli, who have passed away. Also called to the stage were the Club's current officers: Roger Janson (Vice-President), John DeLeo (Treasurer), and Anthony DePalma (Finance Secretary). "This is one of the most active groups I have met here in Massachusetts," said the evening's special guest, Consul General of Italy in Boston, Giuseppe Pastorelli. "I have been to visit your Club in Stoneham and I saw with my own eyes the many activities you organize on a weekly basis. You do a terrific job." Among the activities the Appian Club provides to its members, there are Italian language classes, scholar- ships, achievement awards, bocce tournaments, and the chance to get together twice a week (Wednesdays and Fridays) at the Club's head- quarters in Stoneham. "For me, Friday night at the Appian Club is a way to stay connected to my heritage and have a good time with friends," said President Festino. "Throughout the years we have witnessed many changes. Our club membership is constantly growing, also thanks to the Ladies of the Appian Club." On behalf of the Ladies of the Appian Club, Barbara Sterner thanked the presi- dent for his nice words and unveiled a new Club ban- ner--a gift from the Ladies Club. The banner reads: "The Appian Club -- Where Friendship is a Story with- out end." "I know our legacy will continue for many years to come," Festino concluded, as he raised his glass for a toast. "Salute and auguri to the Appians!" 2012 Appian Club Officers: (left to right, front) Frank Federico, Charlie Ciano, Sonny Caruso, President Vinnie Festino, Tony DePalma, Rocco Zizza; (back) John Nocella, Roger Janson, Mario Pascuccio, Peter D'Angelo, Chris Marulli, John DeLeo, Ben DiCenso, Paul Marulli, Mark Ventola, Alfredo Bertorelli. GOD COULD NOT BE EVERYWHERE AND THEREFORE HE MADE MOTHERS. -- Jewish Proverb LETTERS POLICY The Post-Gazette invites its readers to submit Letters to the Editor. Letters should be typed, double-spaced and must include the writer's name, address and telephone number. Anonymous letters are not accepted for publication. Due to space considerations, we request that letters not exceed two double-spaced, type-written pages, This newspaper reserves the right to edit letters for style, grammar and taste and to limit the number of letters published from any one person or organization. Deadline for submission is 12:00 noon on the Monday prior to the Friday on which the writer wishes to have the material published. Submission by the deadline does not guarantee publication, Send letter to: Pamela Donnaruma, Editor, The Post-Gazette, P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 The op/n/ons  by our co/umn/sts and ontr/Imtors are not necessarily the same as those of The PasteUriZe, its publisher or editor. PhoW submls- sions are accepted b thc Post  thl are clear, orinal phoos. There s a $5 charge for each pho submitted.  can be submitted via maih postoazeUe@asLcom. If you want lr  remme inch a . 2012 Ladies of the Appian Club Officers: (left to right) Joanne Guarino, Angela Navetta, Annette Giusti, Mary Lou Scioli, President Barbara Sterner, Liliana Rizza, Rosa Bertorelli, Linda DiCenso, Natalie DeLuca, Vinny DeLeo (seated). (I to r) Vincent and Angela Festino, Charlie and Cheryl Ciano, Lilla, Andrea and Con- sul General Giuseppe Pastorelli, Sonny and Anne Marie Caruso, Michelle Caruso, John DePinto.